Georgia gay activists call for more ADAP funding
Gay rights activists in Georgia visited the state capitol Monday to lobby lawmakers on several issues, including increases in funding for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, The [Jacksonville] Florida Times-Union reports. Members of Georgia Equality, a statewide gay advocacy group, joined with members of the AIDS Survival Project to call for more state funding for the program in order to prevent the implementation of a waiting list for access to discount HIV antiretroviral medications. More than 4,800 low-income and uninsured Georgians are currently enrolled in the ADAP. Although the ADAP has not been targeted for funding cuts as the legislature struggles to eliminate a budget deficit, the program was expected to be flat-funded, which activists say would eventually lead to its being forced to turn away new enrollees.